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Resource Spotlight


This month we are featuring resources designed especially for women.  We have numerous studies by Beth Moore, and you can read about them by searching our Online Catalog by author Beth Moore.  The ones listed below are also great studies for a women’s weekly small group or a women’s retreat.


Church of the Small Things: Making a Difference Right Where You Are, by Melanie Shankle.  In this humorous and honest video Bible study, Melanie Shankle offers you the opportunity to embrace what it means to live an abundant and meaningful life by finding beauty and laughter in all the small things right beneath the surface of every moment of your life. (6 sessions. Includes DVD and study guide.)





Elijah: Spiritual Stamina in Every Season, by Melissa Spoelstra.  Life is like a rollercoaster – great days and not-so-great days. We need spiritual stamina in order to keep going through all the ups and downs. Elijah did too. In this study grounded in First and Second Kings, Melissa Spoelstra leads us in examining the life of the prophet Elijah, an ordinary man who did extraordinary things for God in the midst of the highs and lows of life. (6 sessions. Includes DVD, book, leader guide, and devotional prayer guide.)






It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, by Lisa TerKeurst.  Subtitled Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered, Lysa TerKeurst invites us into her own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor, helps us to see our lives in the context of God’s bigger story. Whether we're dealing with daily disappointments or life-altering loss, we can find unexpected strength as we learn what it means to wrestle well between our faith and our feelings. (6 sessions. Includes DVD, leader’s guide in box with DVD, study guide, and hardcover book.)







Breathe: Making Room for Sabbath, by Priscilla Shirer.  You need some breathing room. With a jam-packed life, what's missing is space -- space for God to speak, room for you to hear. It's time to set aside the activities and busyness that swallows up rest and peace. It's time for us to breathe and build margin into our lives for God. Join Priscilla Shirer and discover Sabbath margin - the boundary God enables us to put around things we enjoy so that we never become slaves again. (5 sessions. Includes 2 DVDs with the lessons plus bonus features, and a study journal.)






Uppity Women of the Bible, by Lisa M Wolfe. In six engaging sessions of 10-15 minutes each, Rev. Dr. Lisa Wolfe walks Bible Study groups through the book of Ruth.  From explaining the vulnerability of widows in biblical times to asking what you think happened on the threshing floor, Dr. Wolfe presents just what your group needs for lively, thoughtful Bible study.  Combining humor and careful scholarship, this study invites people of faith to go back and read this biblical book with new interest and insight. 

(6 sessions. Includes DVD and discussion guide.)



The last three resources being featured are by Liz Curtis Higgs. Laced with humor, solid research, and heartfelt self-disclosure, Liz’s unique brand of girlfriend theology has helped women of all ages experience God’s grace anew.



Bad Girls of the Bible, by Liz Curtis Higgs.  Eve had food issues. Potiphar's Wife and Delilah had man trouble. Lot's Wife and Michal couldn't let go of the past, Sapphira couldn't let go of money, and Jezebel couldn't let go of anything. Yet the Woman at the Well had her thirst quenched at last, while Rahab and the Sinful Woman left their sordid histories behind.  Let these Bad Girls show you why studying the Bible has never been more fun!  (10 sessions. Includes DVD and a book.)



Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible: Flawed Women Loved by a Flawless God, by Liz Curtis Higgs. A spiteful boss, a defiant employee, a manipulative mother, a desperate housewife, an envious sister….we know these women. We've lived with them, worked with them, or caught a glimpse of them in our mirrors.

Liz Curtis Higgs takes a look at their ancient counterparts in Scripture: Sarah mistreated her maidservant, Hagar despised her mistress, Rebekah manipulated her son, Leah claimed her sister's husband, and Rachel envied her fertile sister.  They were far from evil, but hardly perfect. Mostly good, yet slightly bad. In other words, these matriarchal mamas look a lot like us. (8 sessions. Includes DVD, book, and workbook.)



Really Bad Girls of the Bible: More Lessons from Less-Than-Perfect Women, by Liz Curtis Higgs. The Medium of En Dor crossed over to the dark side. Jael stood up to a ruthless enemy. The Adulteress was caught between a rock and a hard place. Athaliah made a bid for power that ended badly. Bathsheba captured the wandering eye of a king. Herodias made a cruel request of her husband. Tamar exchanged her widow's weeds for a harlot's garb. And the Bleeding Woman had a serious health issue only a Great Physician could handle. This study shines a spotlight on God's sovereignty, demonstrating one life-changing truth: God rules the lives of those He loves with mercy, compassion, and hope.  (8 sessions. Includes DVD, workbook, and a book/study guide.)


For more complete descriptions for these resources, please consult our online catalog (link on this page) and search by title.  To borrow any of these, you can place an order directly from the online catalog, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call us at 717-766-7968. Our hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Serving Christ with you,
Joni Robison